Nobelist Yoshino, 5 Others to Receive Japan Order of Culture

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Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--Akira Yoshino, 71, one of the three laureates of this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and five others will be awarded the Order of Culture for this year, the Japanese government said Tuesday.

The five others are Japanese "kyogen" traditional comic play actor Nomura Man, 89, mathematical engineering scholar Shunichi Amari, 83, immunologist Shimon Sakaguchi, 68, political scientist Takeshi Sasaki, 77, and photographer Takeyoshi Tanuma, 90.

No woman was named a recipient of the national award for the third straight year.

Amari is the first to win the recognition in the mathematical engineering field. Tanuma is the first photographer to be honored with the prestigious medal.

The Order of Culture "varies in importance" compared to science-related awards, Yoshino, honorary fellow of Japanese chemical maker Asahi Kasei Corp. <3407>, said, expressing his delight at being recognized for his contribution to culture as a whole.

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